Masekela, Hugh

Masekela, Hugh

(măs'əkĕl`ə), 1939–, South African singer, composer, band leader, and trumpet player. After working with several South African jazz bands, he and his then-wife Miriam MakebaMakeba, Miriam
, 1932–2008, South African singer. She became the first black South African to achieve international fame and she played a fundamental role in introducing African music to the West.
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 fled South Africa in the early 1960s because of apartheidapartheid
[Afrik.,=apartness], system of racial segregation peculiar to the Republic of South Africa, the legal basis of which was largely repealed in 1991–92. History
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. He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His music gradually began to fuse jazz with the African dance music known as mbaqanga. He became known to the American public with his number one hit single, "Grazing in the Grass" (1968), and was a producer of the 1980s South African–themed Broadway musical Serafina! His albums include Waiting for the Rain (1986), Tomorrow (1987), The Lasting Impressions of Ooga Booga (1996), and Sixty (2000).

Bibliography

See his autobiography, Still Grazing (2004, with D. M. Cheers).

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After moderate success of his albums such as The Americanization of Ooga Booga, Emancipation of Hugh Masekela, Hugh Masekela's Next Album, Promise of a Future, he formed a group with Gwangwa and Semenya which had Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders on trombone, Wilton Felder on saxophone, pianist Joe Sample and guitarist Arthur Adams, and recorded the Union of South Africa debut album which became a smash hit.